Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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More Secret Service firings predicted

More Secret Service firings predicted

The chairman of a House committee investigating a Secret Service prostitution scandal predicted more firings as key lawmakers and a top adviser to President Barack Obama expressed confidence Sunday that the agency will effectively deal with the incident. "Every possible lead is being examined," said Rep. Peter King, who heads the House Homeland Security Committee. King, R-N.Y., said he expected that in the "near future, several other" members of the Secret Service will leave. Six Secret Service members have lost their jobs. The incident involving agents and prostitutes occurred before Obama arrived in Colombia for a meeting of regional presidents last weekend. Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod said the allegations are disturbing, but the misdeeds of a few individuals should not tarnish the overall work and reputation of the service.

Rain from nor'easter forecast on East Coast

A spring nor'easter rumbled along the East Coast on Sunday and was expected to bring rain and heavy winds and even snow in some places as it strengthens into today, a punctuation to a relatively dry stretch of weather for the Northeast.

The storm is atypical for April but not uncommon, said David Stark, a National Weather Service meteorologist in New York City, where 2½ to 3½ inches of rain are expected in the city with wind gusts of 25-30 mph.

Some higher-elevation areas in the western parts of Pennsylvania and New York and in West Virginia and Ohio could see 4 to 12 inches of snow.

Elsewhere

South Sudan: A government official said Sunday that Sudanese armed forces launched an attack more than 6 miles inside South Sudan's border, days after the South announced it was pulling its troops from a disputed border town to avoid an all-out war between the two countries.

Egypt: The state-owned natural gas company said Sunday that it was ending a deal to ship gas to Israel because of a payment dispute. Israeli officials said the move cast a shadow over their peace treaty. Mohamed Shoeb, the head of the gas company, said it was not political but was based on "commercial relations."

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